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VW Campervan holiday

Discussion in 'Out and About' started by Riven, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. SaraR

    SaraR Full Member

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    I so want a T5 or T6 kombi (SWB)! Drove one for work for years and it was a dream. I'd do some very light modifications to make it more camping friendly but I wouldn't want to lose the van capabilities.
     
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    What's the lower limit for engine choice, in your opinion, for a T5 destined for a camper?
    The one we had in work was great (and had 4motion) but someone told me the other department's had a weaker engine and was hard work in the hills as a result. Sadly I don't know what either of them were.
     
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    Van-Wild Forager

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    I have a T6. The engine in mine is a 2ltr TDI at 102PS. Lowest sized engine has 84PS. The do go up to higher, or you can get any engine remapped for more lower gear range power, or better economy. My engine has not struggled on hills, or more accurately the Dolomites in Italy or Bavarian Alps, even when fully loaded. My engine is very economical for a van. Pulling power at lower range is fine. I know it's a van and not a sports car so I don't expect a good quarter mile time. I've not found it lacking.

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    Thanks, that's very useful!
     
  5. Paul_B

    Paul_B Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Remapping to get more power actually gives better fuel efficiency. I read an article written by the guy responsible for Fleet decisions at BT recently. He said they remap for power and efficiency. The results they consistently got was about 15% better fuel economy for vans and 8% for cars. The result was lower carbon emissions. Even the 8% for cars would be enough to drop down a company tax level if it got put through the vehicle type approval. He said as much that they didn't put their fleets through type approval because the company didn't benefit enough for the cost but the employees with the cars would.

    I can't find the link now but I think it's in a fleet vehicle buying trade journal. Which one I don't recall.

    With Ford customs the engine is basically the same from 89, 99, 125 and 140 iirc. IIRC the 170 BHP is a different engine or other parts. It is possible to remap up to about 164bhp in vivaro / trafic I heard.

    The best figures for fuel economy and carbon emissions in the vivaro is for the 120bhp biturbo engine. A complex turbo system though. Expensive to fix / replace. Is it worth it?

    At the end of the day van life is about relaxing with the journey. Do you really want to rush around like a car? If it's your only vehicle I guess power and performance might be more important. However it's a van so will handle like a van. Even the vw handling is not as good at their cars. I own a largish seat mpv (altea xl) and it handles a lot better than even vw t5 vans.

    One thing I've noticed with test driving vans, even seemingly the same vans (age, mileage and spec) can handle differently. One vivaro wallowed around even gentle bends. Another made us feel a little sick. Another was very nice drive indeed. Same van if you look at the details.

    I really don't understand why.
     
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    I've got a camper well motorhome really,wanted smaller but with 6 dogs and a wife who loves a shower no matter where she is had to be bigger.For a long time I felt as if I wa selling out on the bushcraft thing but as we usually use club sites and we don't litter the countryside I'm feeling ok and I've seen more of my country as I can just leave it and wander off. 20190604_134159.jpg
     
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    I had a dormobile once; Never again.

    They are cramped, clunky nightmares.
     

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